Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN
June of 2006 The
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum held its Grand opening in
Nashville, TN. Located in Downtown Nashville about 1 block west of
the Country Music Hall of Fame it is the brainchild of Joe
Chambers. The Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum is a 30,000
sq. ft. multipurpose complex. This unique facility includes not only
stellar exhibits of superstar musicians but also studio musicians,
producers and engineers who have created the music that has become the
soundtrack of our lives.
Original Quonset Hut Studio B door and light
Mixing board from the "Quonset Hut"
Grand Piano from the "Quonset Hut"
Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut built on 16th Ave was the first of many
recording Studios built in what would later become known as Nashville's
"Music Row". On display here are the mixing board and The Grand Piano
from the Quonset Hut. The Piano was used by Hargus "Pig"
Robbins on the recordings of "Behind Closed Doors" (Charlie Rich),
"Delta Dawn" (Tanya Tucker) and "Stand By Your Man" (Tammy
among countless others.
Kenny Buttrey's drums
As a sessionist Kenny Buttrey played these drums on many recordings
including "Heart of Gold" (Neil Young), "Margaritaville" (Jimmy Buffet)
and "Lay, Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan). He also recorded with The Everly
Brothers, Dan Fogelberg, Elvis Presley and George Harrison.
Steel Guitar used by Pete Drake on George Harrison's "All Thing's
Peter Drakes Dobro used on "All Things must Pass"
Ringo's shirt and Pete Drake's Harptone guitar
Beaucoup of Blues inside
The gold steel guitar, nicknamed "Old Goldie" is the one used on George
Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" album as well as Tammy Wynette's
"Stand By Your Man" by Peter Drake. The 12 string Dobro can be heard on
George's recordings "If Not For You" and the "All Things Must Pass"
album. Ringo gave the shirt on display to Peter during the
recording of Beaucoup of Blues at Scotty's Music City recorders.
There's a picture of Ringo wearing it playing the Harptone guitar also on
display and in the inside cover to Beaucoup of Blues. Pete produced that album and later gave the Harptone
guitar to George Harrison.
Ray Edenton's prototype Gretsch cutaway, 1938 Martin D-18
and Fender acoustic.
Ray Edenton, one of Nashville's original 'A Team' players, played rhythm
on over 15,000 recordings using mainly these three guitars. Often
using a style of rhythm called "Chink" that he credits to Chet Atkins,
it is obtained by raising the tuning an octave on the G sting giving the
top 3 strings a "chink" sound. Later they developed what was
called "High String" which was tuning the low E, A, D and G strings up
an octave using steel guitar strings instead of regular guitar strings.
Ray's guitars on display used on most of his recordings are a prototype
Gretsch on given to him by Chet, a 1938 Martin D-18 and a Fender
Acuostic strung with unwrapped strings to get the "High String" sound.
The Martin among others can be heard on the recording "I Never Promised
You A Rose Garden".
Jerry Kennedy's Dobro and ES 335
Originally from Shreveport, Jerry Kennedy relocated to Nashville at
the urging of Shelby Singleton (owner of the the Sun Record label and
catalog). In addition to scouting Talent for Mercury records Jerry
produce and played on many sessions. He produced all and played on
most of Jerry Lee Lewis' country records. His dobro on display he
played on the recording of "Harper Valley PTA" the Gibson ES-335 he used
to record with Elvis on "Good Luck Charm" and "Devil in Disguise", with
Roy Orbison on "Oh Pretty Woman", Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man"
and Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde album. It was later used by his
son Gordon on recordings by Garth Brooks, Peter Frampton, Faith Hill,
SheDaisy, Jewel, Michael McDonald and Amy Grant.
Lightnin' Chance's basses
Long time bassist for the Grand Ol Opry, Floyd "Lightnin'" Chance was
also one of Nashville's session players and played for Marty Robbins,
Patsy Cline, Johnny Horton and Ray Price to name a few. Most
notably he played on Han Williams Sr's last recording session in 1952
which included "You're Cheating Heart" and "Kaw -Liga". He also
played on Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make-Believe". Ones of his
basses on display has a homemade drum head attached by wires to the
shoulder. He would sometimes play this with a drum brush as he
plucked the strings with his right hand creating the first drum played
on the Opry. Even Buddy Harmon, the first staff drummer on the
Opry had to stand next to Lightnin and play on that. Eventually
they let Buddy use a snare but a full set was not allowed until the Opry
moved from the Ryman in 1972. The other bass on display is the one
used by Lightnin' on the songs mentioned.
Instruments of Motown's "Funk Brothers"
Jim Horn's Sax used on John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You
through the Night"
Also on display are Uriel Jones' drum kit, used on Motown classics "Sign Sealed Delivered",
"Reach Out" and "Ball of Confusion". Jim Horn's Sax used on John
Lennon's "Whatever Gets You through the Night" and George Harrison's
Concert for Bangladesh. In the '50s Joe Osborne played with Dale
Hawkins and Ricky Nelson and in 1963 along with Hal Blaine and Larry
Knechtel played together in LA as a group of sessionists that would
eventually become know as "The Wrecking Crew". His Fender bass on
display can be heard on the Monkee's "Last Train To Clarksville", the
Grass Roots' "Midnight Confessions", Mama's and the Papa's "California
Dreamin" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" to name
but a few.
Joe Osborne's Fender Bass
Tommy Tedesco's nylon string guitar used on the TV Show "M.A.S.H."
Hal Blaine's Drumset
Glen Campbell's 12 string Ovation
"The Wrecking Crew" was a group of studio musicians located in LA
starting in the early '60s. They got the name from the original session players from
the '30s, '40s, and '50s. These older musicians did not want to
play that new Rock and Roll and felt that by doing so this younger group
of musicians would wreck the industry, thus they became known as 'The
Wrecking Crew'. Most of the group of musicians would also be known
as legendary producer, Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound'. Although virtually unknown to the
public, these musicians played on most of the hits associated with the
West Coast Sound. That sound consisted of artists such as Sonny
and Cher, The Association, Ricky Nelson, The Beach Boys, The Fifth
Dimension, The Byrds, Heb Alpert, Johnny rivers, Jan and Dean, Andy
Williams, Frank Sinatra and The Mamas and The Papas to name a few.
In addition, when Berry Gordy moved 'Motown' from Detroit to LA, 'The
Wrecking Crew' became part of the 'Motown' sound. Just like the
Nashville 'A Team' and the Detroit Funk brothers, 'The Wrecking Crew'
had a nucleus of players who played on more hit records than the Beatles
and Elvis combined. The nucleus consisted of Hal Blain, Glen
Campbell, Larry Knectel, Leon Russell, Tommy Tedesco, Don Randi, Earl
Palmer, Carol Kaye, Joe Osborne, Billy Strange, Julius Wechter, Lyle
Ritz, Al Casey, Plas Johnson and Ray Pohlman.
Al Jackson's drums
In Memphis, the Stax studio house band, Booker T. & the MGs
"Memphis Group", not the car), featured Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper,
Donald "Duck" Dunn and Al Jackson Jr. on drums. They played
on all of the classic soul hits that came out of the Stax studio- hits
by such artists as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Picket
and many more. The drum kit on display is the one used by Al
throughout his Stax Record career on songs such as "Soul Man", "Knock on
Wood" and "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay".
Luther Perkins' 1963 Fender Esquire, 6-string bass and Fender amp
Luther Perkins' knitting needles and a sweater for his wife
Luther Perkins, perhaps one of country music's most
innovative guitarists, was an integral part of the Johnny Cash story.
As a member of Cash's recording and touring band "The
Tennessee Two", Perkins along with Marshall Grant crafted a sound
that became known and loved around the world.
His guitar style along with Cash's vocals were the basis of the
hits "ring of Fire", "I Walk the Line", "Cry
Cry Cry", "Folsom Prison Blues" and countless others.
He was even honored by Cash in the song "Luther Played the
Boogie". His pioneering
contribution to the genre has even been recognized by the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame.
To help kill the time while performing on the road, Luther Perkins took
up knitting. Not only did
Luther knit this sweater for his wife, Margue, he knitted booties for
the Statler Brothers to wear on the bus when they were opening for
Marshall Grant's Epiphone bass and Sunn Amp.
Johnny Cash's Guild guitar and Marshall Grant's Fender
Best known for his innovative talents as the bass guitar player and
legendary sideman for Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two, Marshall
Grant, along with Luther Perkins created the raw and distinctive rhythms
that provided the foundation for the Johnny Cash sound.
Their style has influenced generations of musicians.
As a member of the Tennessee Two, he was also the stage and road
manager for the band. After
he left the band in the early '80s he was the manager for the Statler
Brothers until they retired in 2004.
In addition to most of Johnny's recordings, Marshall also played
bass on Bob Dylan's cover of "I Walk The Line".
Sam Phillips' direct to disk recorder, reputed to be used to first
Scotty's 83 Super 400
Perhaps no musician will have the impact on popular music as Scotty
Moore. It was Scotty who Sam
Phillips tapped on the shoulder to audition a young Memphis boy who
wanted to be a singer before he (Sam) would personally take him into the
studio to cut a record. Of
course that young boy was Elvis Presley and the rest is history.
There were three people in the studio when that sound was created
and the first recording was made, Elvis, Scotty and Bill Black.
They were a band! As with many bands there's always outside
pressure to pull the front man away from the band, and Elvis with Scotty
and Bill was no exception. You
can hear Scotty's influence still today and probably always will as long
as people play electric guitars.
Classical guitar used by Reggie Young on "In the Ghetto"
Electric Sitar used by Reggie Young on" Hooked on a Feeling"
and "Cry Like a Baby"
Gold Top Les Paul played by Reggie Young on "Drift Away"
As a member of Bill Black's Combo, Reggie Young opened for the
Beatles on their US tour. As a session player Reggie was one of the
"Memphis Boys" who worked with
producer Chips Moman at American Sound Studio in Memphis. Reggie was the
first musician to record with an electric sitar. Reggie's signature
sound can be heard on classic Memphis recordings such as the B.J. Thomas
hit "Hooked on a Feeling", The Box Tops "Cry Like a
Baby", Dobie Gray's "Drift Away", and "In the
Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" sung by Elvis Presley. In
the mid '70s Reggie moved to Nashville and again became one of the most
sought after session players in town. Reggie was in such demand that in
an effort to reduce his workload he started charging double scale but it
made no difference, producers were glad to pay it.
Bobby Wood's keyboard
A former member of one of the most successful studio
groups ever, the 827 Thomas Street Band, keyboardist Bobby Wood has been
influential in both Memphis and Nashville, playing on some of the most
vital soul and country records ever released, as well as writing several
#1 country hits. Among the
artists Wood backed were Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Herbie Mann,
Wilson Pickett and the Sweet Inspirations.
Wood soon found himself on Nashville's list of "First
Call" musicians, playing on sessions by Kris Kristofferson, George
Jones and Tammy Wynette. In 1989, through mutual friend Allen
Reynolds, Wood and Garth Brooks met and formed a musical partnership.
Wood has played keyboards on all of Garth's releases.
Gary Tallant's Music Man bass and Ampeg amp
Gary Tallant's Long Horn Dan Electro bass
Garry Tallent musician and record producer, best known for being the
longtime bass player in Bruce Springsteen's E St. Band. Growing up
around the Jersey shore, Tallent took up first the tuba and then the
bass. He started playing with Springsteen in 1971 in two earlier bands
and then was an original member of the E St. Band. Both visually and
musically he stays in the background; his most notable bass parts may be
on the song "Fire" and the last verse of "Incident on
57th Street". In addition to his work with Springsteen, Tallent has
recorded with numerous other artists including rodney crowell, Gary U.S.
Bonds, Steve Van Zandt, Steve Earle, bob Dylan, and Emmylou Harris.
During the long time the E Street Band was inactive in the '90s, Tallent
moved to Nashville, having an affinity for country and western and
rockabilly music. There he opened the MoonDog recording studio and
helped start the D'Ville Record Group label. Steve Forbert is among the
artists whom he has produced. The Long Horn bass on display is the one
Gary has used for years with the E Street band. The black Music Man bass
is the one used on "Born in the USA".
Ravi Shankar's sitar
The sitar on display was one Ravi Shankar brought over in the '60s
and was given to an executive with Mercury Records in New York. It was
later acquired by Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum from Shelby
Singleton, record producer and owner of Sun records. The year 1966
was an important one for him; it was during this time that George
Harrison became his student. This association catapulted Ravi
Shankar to international fame. His performances at Monterey, Woodstock,
and his numerous recordings earned him the undying admiration of an
entire generation. He has won many awards including the Bharat
Ratna, several Grammy Awards, numerous honorary Doctorates. His musical
genius was passed on to his daughter Nora Jones.
Chair from the Ed Sullivan Theater
people who were lucky enough to be in the audience to sit in this chair
saw some of the most famous televised
performances by Elvis Presley, Buddy Holley and the Beatles to name
a just a few.
Room dedicated to Jolly Roger interior
Room dedicated to Jolly Roger interior
Original stage, ceiling beams, wooden back wall,
bathroom doors and front door from the Jolly Roger club located in the
world famous Printer's Alley in Nashville, TN. Many famous
musicians played on this stage, including a young "Jimmy"
Hendrix (prior to changing the spelling of his first name to "Jimi")
and his magic guitar as pictured here with bassist, Billy Cox and
guitarist, Leonard Moses in 1963.
Outside facade of Memphis' Sun Studio built into the
Outside facade of Memphis' Sun Studio built into the
Jessica Duty, Joe Chambers (CEO) and Brooke Sommer
All of the text used to describe the musicians and their
instruments on this page is courtesy of Joe Chambers and the Musician's
Hall of Fame and Museum.